'Grande Boucle' comes to its close
Telefónica-backed squad claims sixth team GC victory -fourth in five years- and a stage win + 2-3 in Val Thorens, as several incidents keep the Blues from improving Mikel Landa’s eventual 6th place overall.
The 2019 Tour de France took its curtains down on Sunday with a sensational victory for young Colombian Egan Bernal (INS) in the overall classification, ahead of Geraint Thomas (INS, 2nd) and Steven Kruijswijk (TJV, 3rd). The prestigious sprint in the Champs-Élysées (128 km) saw Australian Caleb Ewan (LTS) notching up the winal fin of the race.
The Movistar Team completed its 37th appearance in in the French grandtour with the sweet taste of stepping onto the final podium in Paris –winners of the teams’ classification for the sixth time, fourth in five years- and also claiming one stage victory -with Nairo Quintana, in Valloire-. On the other hand, the Blues’ courage and consistency in the mountains weren’t rewarded with an overall result better than the 6th place obtained by Mikel Landa, always with the top climbers in the race, yet hampered by the results in both TTs and, most importantely, a crash towards Albi (st. 10) which made him concede a decisive two minutes and nine seconds.
The squad managed by Eusebio Unzué, whose visit to the Paris podium tonight marks a fourth consecutive team GC triumph in Grand Tours (always up there since the 2018 TDF), found a remarkable contribution to the team’s results in the efforts of Andrey Amador, Marc Soler, Nelson Oliveira, Imanol Erviti and debutant Carlos Verona, all of them reaching the last finish line alongside Alejandro Valverde, 9th overall – just nine months before turning 40 years old.
– 2019 Tour de France OVERVIEW, by Eusebio Unzué – Available here
– HISTORY / STATS – Movistar Team in the TDF – Available on our website
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